Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Geophysical Operations Regulations (SOR/95-144)
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Regulations are current to 2023-05-17
PART IIIOccupational Safety and Health (continued)
Access to Applicable Occupational Safety and Health Regulations
23 Every operator who is conducting a geophysical operation shall keep, in a place that is accessible to the geophysical crew, a copy of all regulations in respect of occupational safety and health on a vessel or platform.
PART IVReporting Requirements
24 Every operator shall submit to the Chief Conservation Officer, at the commencement and termination of the geophysical operation and once a week during the operation, in a manner and form approved by the Chief Conservation Officer, a report on the progress of the operation that includes
(a) the number assigned to the operation that is the subject of the geophysical operation authorization;
(b) the identification of the lines on which the data are collected;
(c) the quantity of data collected per line;
(d) the location and status of any vessels and platforms from which the operation is conducted; and
(e) any unusual weather conditions or other incidents that cause downtime.
25 (1) Subject to subsection (3), within 12 months after the date of termination of a geophysical operation, every operator shall submit to the Chief Conservation Officer a report that includes
(a) a title page that indicates the number that is assigned to the operation that is the subject of the geophysical operation authorization, the report title, the type of operation conducted, the location of the operation, the duration of operations at that location, the names of the contractors, the operator, the interest owners, if any, as defined in section 49 of the Act, and the author, and the date of the report;
(b) a table of contents;
(c) an introduction or abstract;
(d) location maps that show the boundaries of the area that is subject to each interest covered by the operation and the identification number of each such interest;
(e) a summary of significant dates, the number of members of the complement, the number of members of the geophysical crew, the type and number of each type of equipment used, the production data, the total distance surveyed, the downtime per day, and the number of kilometres of data recorded per day;
(f) a summary of weather, sea and ice conditions and their effect on the operation;
(g) a general description of the operation including the instrument type, the accuracy of the navigation, positioning and survey systems, the parameters for the energy source and recording system and the configuration of the seismic energy source and deployed recording system;
(h) a detailed description of the geophysical data processing method including the processing sequence and the processing parameters for seismic, magnetic, gravimetric and other geophysical surveys;
(i) shotpoint maps, track plots, flight lines with numbered fiducial points, gravity station maps and, for seabed surveys, location maps for core holes, grab samples and seabed photographs;
(j) a fully processed, migrated seismic section for each seismic line recorded and, in the case of a 3-D survey, each line generated from the 3-D data set;
(k) a high-resolution section for each line recorded in a well-site seabed survey or a pipeline route survey;
(l) a series of gravity and magnetic profiles across all gravimetric and magnetic surveys for which interpretative maps have not been made;
(m) shotpoint location data;
(n) bathymetric maps that are compiled from the data collected;
(o) interpretative maps that are appropriate to the data collected including
(i) structure and isopach maps, time structure and time interval maps, velocity and residual velocity maps, and seismic amplitude and character change maps,
(ii) final Bouguer gravity maps and any residual or other processed gravity maps, and
(iii) final total magnetic intensity contour maps and any residual, gradient or other processed magnetic maps;
(p) synthetic seismograms and seismic modelling studies that use synthetic seismograms, vertical seismic profiles at wells that were used in the interpretation of the operation data, amplitude versus offset studies, and seismic inversion sections, if any; and
(q) the interpretation of maps and seismic sections including
(i) geological and geophysical correlations,
(ii) where applicable, correlations between gravity, magnetic and seismic data,
(iii) in the case of seabed surveys, the geophysical correlation of shallow seismic data with data from cores and geotechnical boreholes,
(iv) details of corrections or adjustments that were applied to the data during processing or compilation, and
(v) the operator’s velocity information that was used in a time-to-depth conversion.
(2) An operator shall incorporate in a map submitted pursuant to paragraph (1)(o) any previous data collected by the operator that are related to the area covered by the map and that are of a type similar to the data from which the map was produced.
(3) An operator who has conducted a non-exclusive survey need not, in the report required by subsection (1), provide the information and materials described in paragraphs (1)(n) to (q) in respect of data that are available for purchase by the public.
(4) Where an operator who has conducted a non-exclusive survey ceases to make available for purchase by the public any data from that survey that were so available, the operator shall, within 12 months after the date on which the operator ceased to make the data available, submit to the Chief Conservation Officer a supplementary report that contains the information and materials described in paragraphs (1)(n) to (q) in respect of the data, unless the Chief Conservation Officer has received a report pursuant to subsection (5) that includes such information and materials.
(5) Every purchaser of geophysical data that arise from a geophysical operation in an area that is subject to an interest, where the costs of the purchase of the data are credited against deposit or rental requirements of the interest, and every participant shall submit to the Chief Conservation Officer a report that contains all of the information and materials described in paragraphs (1)(n) to (q) that have been prepared by or for that purchaser or participant.
(6) Where a purchaser of geophysical data that arise from a geophysical operation in an area that is subject to an interest has reprocessed the data and the costs of the reprocessing are credited against deposit or rental requirements of the interest, the purchaser shall submit to the Chief Conservation Officer a report that contains the information and materials described in paragraphs (1)(a), (h), (j) to (l) and (o) to (q) that have been prepared in respect of the reprocessed data by or for the purchaser.
(7) The reports required by subsections (5) and (6) shall be submitted
(a) in the case of a participant, within 12 months after the date of termination of the geophysical operation; and
(b) in the case of a purchaser, by the time the costs referred to in subsection (5) or (6) are credited.
(8) A person who has submitted a report referred to in this section shall, in respect of data that pertain to the location of shotpoints or stations, immediately notify the Chief Conservation Officer of any errors, omissions or corrections identified in or made to the data subsequent to the submission of the report.
(9) A report referred to in this section shall be submitted in the form, manner and quantity approved by the Chief Conservation Officer.
Retention of Data
26 (1) Every operator shall, after completion of a geophysical operation, retain in Canada the following information and materials:
(a) seismic field data in digital format and a description of the data format, together with all supporting information;
(b) fully processed, migrated seismic data in digital format;
(c) in the case of a magnetic survey, the final digital field data, field analog monitors, diurnal charts, altitude profiles, and all other supporting information;
(d) in the case of a gravimetric survey, the location, elevation, final digital field data, and gravity profiles;
(e) in the case of seabed investigations at well-sites, all sidescan sonar records and mosaics, fathometer records, sub-bottom profile records, grab samples, cores, and seabed photographs; and
(f) all other observations or readings that were obtained during the field operation.
(2) No person shall destroy or discard any information or material referred to in subsection (1) after the period referred to in subsection (4) unless the person has given the Chief Conservation Officer not less than 60 days’ notice of that intention and, if so requested within the notice period, has given the Chief Conservation Officer the information or material or a copy thereof.
(3) The Chief Conservation Officer may require an operator to supply the information and materials referred to in subsection (1), in a form approved by the Chief Conservation Officer.
(4) Subject to subsection (6), no person shall destroy, discard or remove from Canada any of the information or material referred to in subsection (1) within 15 years after the completion of the geophysical operation without the written approval of the Chief Conservation Officer.
(5) Where fewer than 15 years have elapsed since the completion of the geophysical operation, the Chief Conservation Officer shall approve the destruction, discarding or removal from Canada of any of the information or material referred to in subsection (1) if the Chief Conservation Officer is satisfied that the information or material is not of any significant use or value.
(6) Information or material referred to in subsection (1) may be removed from Canada without the approval of the Chief Conservation Officer for the purpose of being processed in a foreign country, provided that the information or material is returned to Canada as soon as the processing is complete.
(7) Every operator shall retain in Canada on reproducible film the most recent fully processed, migrated seismic sections of the geophysical operation and shall not destroy that film or remove it from Canada without the written approval of the Chief Conservation Officer.
(8) The Chief Conservation Officer shall approve the destruction or removal from Canada of the most recent fully processed migrated seismic sections on reproducible film if the Chief Conservation Officer is satisfied that a copy of the film has been retained in Canada or the film is not of any significant use or value in Canada.
PART V accidents
27 Every operator shall inform the Chief Conservation Officer and the Chief Safety Officer immediately, by the most rapid and practical means, of any serious accident or incident that occurs during a geophysical operation and that causes injury to or loss of life of any person, or damage to property, or that constitutes a threat to the environment.
28 The Chief Conservation Officer and Chief Safety Officer may investigate any accident or incident that occurs during a geophysical operation and that
(a) involves the death of or injury to any person;
(b) causes significant damage to or failure of geophysical equipment; or
(c) results in pollution or other damage to the environment.
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